Signalling his return from afar, Cain - played by 38-year-old Jeff Hordley - sends a high-profile solicitor to the Yorkshire Dales in the hope of securing his daughter Debbie's (Charley Webb) release from prison. Cain's journey, however, doesn't go as smoothly as planned when he's arrested on his way back to the village.
Hordley initially quit his rural role back in April 2006 to pursue other projects. His storyline saw Cain bow out of the serial drama following the character's successful kidnap and extortion plot involving Tom (Ken Farrington) and Sadie King (Patsy Kensit).
Speaking of his decision to return, Hordley said: "I am really looking forward to returning to Emmerdale. The storylines that lead to Cain’s return are in keeping with his character and a perfect way to bring him back to the heart of the Dingle clan where he belongs."
Series producer Anita Turner added: "I'm delighted to welcome Jeff back to the show. This storyline presented the exciting opportunity in which to reintroduce Cain. Debbie will be going through hell in the next few months and it's such a boost to have her dad fighting alongside her."